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West Virginia

Religious Traditions, 2010

249,756 11,505 274,766 95,849 2,776 23,661 1,194,681
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 57 0.03
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 163 0.09
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,264 0.70
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 463 108,087 59.77
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 414 0.23
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,916 1.06
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 112 13,842 7.65
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 228 0.13
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 478 0.26
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 276 0.15
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 125 0.07
Buddhists Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 149 105,363 58.26
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,952 1.08
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 38 11,376 6.29
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 90 13,836 7.65
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 81 5,234 2.89
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 195 21,657 11.98
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 1,144 0.63
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 36 9,922 5.49
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 80 8,202 4.54
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 123 21,389 11.83
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 294 24,143 13.35
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 804 0.44
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 10 552 0.31
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 285 0.16
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 82 11,344 6.27
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 175 0.10
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 53 13,964 7.72
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 849 0.47
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 908 0.50
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 1,333 0.74
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 117 0.06
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 1,911 1.06
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 1,980 1.09
Hindus Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 1,500 0.83
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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6 5,476 3.03
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 88 0.05
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 465 0.26
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 47 4,658 2.58
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 11 2,400 1.33
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 584 0.32
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 355 0.20
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 213 0.12
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 41 0.02
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 1,528 0.84
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 43 0.02
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 179 10,883 6.02
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 39 0.02
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 151 0.08
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 102 0.06
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,160 0.64
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 202 28,467 15.74
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 1,022 0.57
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,652 1.47
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 73 0.04
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 40 3,320 1.84
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 165 43,606 24.11
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 273 0.15
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,084 0.60
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,341 150,985 83.49
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 977 0.54
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 30 2,581 1.43
Totals: 4,139 650,016  

The population of West Virginia was 1,808,344 in 2000; in 1990 it was 1,793,477. The total population changed 0.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (650,016) included 35.9% of the total population in 2000.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.


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